Common Stereotypes and Misconceptions about Homeless People
Stereotypes Harm People
Knowledge is the Best Defense Against Misinformation
Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America
Stereotype: They Are All Criminals
One of the most dangerous misunderstandings
Misconception: If a Teen Gets Kicked Out It's Always His Own Fault and He Deserves to Live in Misery
...or teens all just run away from home for stupid reasons
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning and Homeless
- Durso Gates LGBT Homeless Youth Survey July 2012
This PDF describes a study showing that about 40% of America's teens and young adults without homes are lgbt. They are usually kicked out by or flee abusive parents with belief systems hostile to non-heterosexual orientations.
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Report
This PDF from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force explains the parental estrangement issues faced by American lgbt teens and youth.
These Facts Might Surprise You
- National Law Center On Homelessness and Poverty: Myths and Facts about Homelessness
Are street people all or mostly single men, mentally ill, violent criminals, or stuck in it for life? This pdf will help you understand this and other such notions.
Stereotype: They Are All Drug Addicts and Winos
One of the most commonly held beliefs
Fact: Many Women and Children are Living Without Homes
Lives Turned Upside Down: Homeless Children in Their Own Words and Photographs
Misconception: They Are All Mentally Ill
The Mental Illness Connection
- Mental Illness and Homelessness by National Coalition for the Homeless
Information about the relationship between mental illness and living without a home. The resources and references at the bottom of the page are an excellent place to start research on the issue.
Stereotype: They Are All Too Lazy to Work
Perhaps number one of them all
Related Links by Kylyssa Shay
- Why Don't Homeless People Just Get Jobs?
Have you wondered why people living on the street don't just get jobs and stop being homeless? This page explains why it isn't that simple.
- Some Reasons People Become Homeless
Have you ever wondered why people become homeless? This article explains just a few of the most common causes of home loss for people living in the United States. Some of them may surprise you.
- Why Homeless People Don't Use Shelters
Why do homeless people seem to avoid using emergency shelters? Read this page to learn some of the reasons homeless people can't or won't use shelters.
Misconception: It is Always the Result of Poor Choices
Misconception: It is Freedom and a Life of Leisure
One of the stranger ideas people latch onto
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